The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

The Universe as the Messenger

One pervasive property of the universe and everything that exists is communication. Things communicate all the time.

The Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach, held in great consideration by Einstein, had a vision of the universe that proved influential on all 20th  century Physics. Newton defined inertial systems as systems which are not subject to any force. They move at constant or null speed. Systems that are accelerated are not inertial and, by magic, strange forces ("inertial forces") appear in them. Mach realized that all systems are subject to interactions with the rest of the universe and redefined inertial systems as systems which are not accelerated in the frame of fixed stars (basically, in the frame of the rest of the universe). The inertia of a body is due to its interaction with the rest of the matter in the universe.

 Mach's principle implies that all things communicate with all other things all the time. This universe appears to be built on messages.

The dynamics of the universe is determined to a large extent by the messages that are exchanged between its parts (whether you look at the level of RNA, synapses or gravitation). 

Things communicate. It is just their nature to communicate. More: their interactions determine what happens next. Things communicate in order to happen. Life happens because of communication. We think because of communications.

If all is due to messages, a theory of the universe should de-couple the message from the messenger. 

Messages can be studied by defining their "languages". Maybe, just maybe, instead of sciences like Physics and Biology we should focus on the "language" of the universe.


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